STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Mayor JMC, Chander Mohan Gupta on Thursday reviewed progress of various ongoing projects of Forest Department during a meeting held here. Kuldeep Kumar DFO, Amit Kumar DFO, Sanjay Gupta DFO, Sunil Singh DFO, Rajesh Gupta, Technical Advisor to Mayor JMC and Anil Gupta AEE JMC were also present in the meeting. The progress of various ongoing projects in Jammu including Environmental Park, Jamboo Zoo, Plantation under social forestry and urban forestry were discussed in detail during the meeting. The officers informed the Mayor that out of 415 Kanals of land in Gharana Wet Land, about 358 Kanals have been demarcated with poles. The matter was pending since long and now after the intervention of the High Court, land compensations to the tune of Rs 11-12 cr is being paid to land owners for acquiring the land, they informed. Mayor JMC directed the officers to complete the process immediately so that long delayed project of Gharana Wet land can see the light of day. Briefing Mayor about status of Jamboo Zoo, the officers informed that a DPR amounting to Rs 41 crore out of Rs 121 crore has been approved under Phase-I. The Mayor stressed for taking up matter with the Governor, so that complete DPR amount is released in one go for completion of Jamboo Zoo. For Environmental Park, Mayor JMC directed for carrying out necessary development works in the park. Expressing concern on pathetic condition of two restaurants near Mahamaya Temple, the Mayor directed for renovating the same within two months. He further directed the officers to initiate extensive plantation in and around tourist places, Airport Road, around canals and railway road. About one crore plants will be planted in and around Jammu for checking air pollution and global warming besides making Jammu clean and green, he added.
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